The SpaceThis is a historic structure that has been beautifully renovated, with reminders of its past as a carriage house with up to four horses. (Yes, there was still a little hay and we found a lucky horseshoe in the beginning!)
As it's winter in New England, be prepared for the possibility of a snow experience. Bring your snowboots, and we promise that the apartment will be cozy and warm, with upstairs and downstairs thermostats that you can adjust. Ask and we'll provide marshmallows for the hot chocolate!
We're always adding thoughtful amenities to ensure that you have a great experience here. Fresh new sheets, luggage rack, blow dryer (so you don't have to pack yours), Shark iron...are just a few.
The apartment is a town-house style suite with living spaces downstairs (where the carriages were) and two bedrooms and bathroom upstairs (the former hayloft--but we promise comfy real mattresses with soft cotton sheets rather than straw bales!). It has its own locking front door from the entry hall, and French doors in the back that open onto a deck.
The living room includes a wall-mounted television monitor that hooks up to your laptop (using an HDMI adaptor) to stream movies and video. It has a swivel mount so that it can face either the couch or the kitchen/dining area, or move flat against the wall. Bring your laptop, as we have internet but not cable TV. You're welcome to browse the bookshelf, which includes some great books and guides on Boston.
Whip up an omelet, craft a ratatouille with ingredients from the farmer's market, or bake a birthday cake in the kitchen, which includes a new refrigerator, spotless stove, microwave oven, toaster oven, and a good assortment of kitchen equipment. To make your perfect coffee, both a French press and electric coffee maker await, as well as a ceramic pot for a nice cuppa tea.
There are comfy beds—a queen size bed, a twin bed, a single airbed and a queen-size airbed for the living room—with cotton sheets and fluffy pillows and duvets. The closets are roomy and equipped with wooden hangers. The bathroom is superclean and includes a blowdryer, shampoo and body wash. Each room has a dimmer switch for the lights, and a floor fan. In the summer when the casement windows and French doors are opened, it is cool and breezy even on warm days. In the winter it is cozy and warm, with adjustable thermostats upstairs and downstairs. Guest AccessYou'll come in through an entry hall and then an inside door to the apartment. This door has its own lock, so the apartment is quite private.
Next door in my place live a dog and a cat, but they will not come into your apartment. The cat is very shy and unlikely to be seen; the dog is friendly. Interaction with GuestsIt will be my pleasure to welcome you and tell you about about the area. I can also provide schedules for the train, and directions to the T. Let me know how I can help you. The NeighborhoodThis is a quiet neighborhood, yet very accessible to the train and the T. When you wake up in the morning, the first thing you are likely to hear is the song of birds! There are lots of Victorian-era homes, some originally built as summer houses when the railroad extension made this area accessible from Boston. You'll see classical Victorian homes with generous porches, mansard-style homes, adaptations of the neoclassical style, gambrel rooves, and a lot of variations on these!
A really lovely thing about Melrose is how walkable it is. Restaurants, shops, even a hospital are within 6 blocks of our place. In the photo section you can see a few of the possibilities. Main Street is tree-shaded and filled with little shops where you can sit down for a cup of coffee, find a delicious meal, and shop for locally made art and gifts. Not to mention get your hair cut and your nails done. The Farmer's Market is open Thursdays, a block down the hill from my place. There are also grocery stores where you can find everything you need for home cooking.
After all that delicious eating you may want some exercise. With miles of tree-shaded sidewalks Melrose is great for walking and jogging. My favorite loop is around Ell Pond. It's just two miles, a nice half hour walk, or less if you run it. Getting AroundFirst, you can park off street, for up to 2 vehicles. Please note that there is no overnight parking along the street, and you may get ticketed for doing so.
The commuter rail (Haverhill line) stops two blocks from here, on the other side of a small park. No bus ride required! An exciting day in Boston can start with a short walk to the train, a 17 to 19 minute ride to North Station, and no parking worries or expense! I’ll be happy to provide the schedule. The Orange line of the T is less than a mile away—a five minute car ride or a half hour walk. The T schedule is more frequent than the commuter rail schedule. Ask me for directions.
We are 5 minutes' driving time from Route 93, 10 minutes from Route 128/95, and 20 minutes from Logan Airport (depending on traffic). Other Things to NoteWe love children and will be happy to have them, although parents should realize that the back yard is not fenced. There are currently no child latches on the cupboards. However, if you let me know I'll be glad to install outlet covers.